eat like you're at work
June 13, 2002 05:16 PM

I've noticed something that seems completely contrary to what we think about women and food in public. Women [gasp] eating in public.

Apparently, the office in no way counts as public. All diets appear to be voided at the office. You may bring (and eat) a lunch packed with Slim Fasty evil, but you will still eat the cake from someone's birthday party, the free bagel, the left over from a lunch meeting chips, and the stashed on someone's desk chocolate kisses. We eat remarkably well [heartily, but not unhealthily] at my office.

I have yet to encounter a woman (or man) who doesn't eat like this at work. I've imagined all sorts of complicated explanations. It's a man's world [the office], so eat like a man. Or, it's the polite thing to do. But the office hasn't been a man's world in at least a decade, and rushing to the kitchen to grab that last piece of cake is far from polite.

So why do people eat like this at work? Because they're hungry.

Lunch is the most critical meal, and humans have a natural inclination to daytime grazing. When we munch at work, we're just being good little animals.

Eat like you're at work - all the time. [And don't forget to drink plenty of water. Those late afternoon drowsies and headaches are a common sign of dehydration.]

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Very true. All the women in my office eat through-out the day.

We do realize this, so we try to help one another out by buying healthy, baked chips or pretzels and low-fat cream cheese and apples and other fruits.

But we do spring for the occassional good-bye cake or birthday cake. And doughnuts. Some mornings we all have doughnuts and coffee.

these are the thoughts of anne on June 14, 2002 11:01 AM

Hum. Each of the offices in which I've worked had a mainly or exclusively female staff. In each one I was the only person who ate more than a green salad or a half-cup of cottage cheese and a piece of fruit for lunch. And the cookies, when they've existed, have largely gone untouched, except by me. Bah - if I tried to survive all afternoon on that I'd faint! Yet I'm really feeling the peer influence, unfortunately. I've never had a coworker that ate like a man. I'd just like to see some sort of balance, people making healthy but not anorexic choices. I'm sure most of those women who starve themselves during the day go home and snack on unhealthy foods first thing when they get home, just out of hunger! But I don't see that, all I see is the dainty grazing on a couple of lettuce leaves - makes me look down at my thick roast beef sandwich and chips and grimace. Hrm.

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